The Nigerian social media house has been used a number of occasions to share pretend information, incite violence, and create concern within the minds of individuals. This is regardless of the limitless good alternatives it provides the teeming inhabitants.
Recently, tales relating to herders-farmers’ conflict in southern Nigerian communities have change into commonplace within the information media and on social media platforms.
Given this and different safety threats, some Nigerians have referred to as on the federal government to permit residents to hold AK-47 rifles as a result of safety challenges confronted in most elements of the nation.
Narratives relating to the Islamisation and ‘Fulanisation’ of Nigeria by the Buhari administration have additionally gained prominence in social debates and discussions.
Also, multimedia information projecting these fears are being shared repeatedly.
However, in a bid to additional push this type of narrative, a message was put collectively and attributed to former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. The message has been shared a number of occasions on WhatsApp.
Obasanjo, who was in energy as each navy Head of State and civilian president, is one who had written letters to previous and present presidents of the nation exhibiting issues over the state of the nation whereas proffering doable options to the issues.
An instance is one written to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan in December 2013 titled ‘Before it’s too late’.
He additionally wrote one other to Buhari in 2018 advising him to take a relaxation from politics. It was titled, ‘The Way Out: A Clarion Call For Coalition For Nigeria Movement’.
Obasanjo has additionally offered himself as a robust advocate for a greater Nigeria by way of fixed interviews within the media by expressing his opinions on the state of the nation.
Beyond WhatsApp teams, the message has additionally been shared to different social media platforms corresponding to Facebook and another in style web sites.
Part of the message reads, “Fulanis In Nigeria Are Repeating What They Did In the Central African Republic And How They Were Tackled –Olusegun Obasanjo
“Another civil war in Nigeria has become imminent and inevitable. The reason for its inevitability is simply because Muhammadu Buhari, the Northern Nigeria Fulani oligarchs, and the wider network of Fulani in Sub-Saharan Africa have concluded plans to adopt Nigeria as the homeland for all Fulani in Africa.
“Fulani have realised that the wandering and rootless lifestyle of cattle herding is no longer tenable in the twenty-first century. Fulani need to have land to call home and rear cattle and that land should be Nigeria. The indigenous peoples of Nigeria have clearly, vehemently, and stridently opposed this diabolic plan and both sides are mobilising for war.
“The Fulani won’t relent and the indigenous people will not give up their land. The same Fulani Project, having failed so shamelessly and woefully in the Central African Republic, will not be allowed to fail this time as the Nigerian Fulani project is better funded with the massive [stealing] of the sovereign wealth of Nigeria through nationwide kidnapping for ransom by lower-class Fulani and the seizure of the reigns of Government and wealth by the elite Fulani.
“Kidnapping and the seizure of the institutions of Government are all for the purpose of implanting Fulani into the mainstream and control of politics and the economy of Nigeria for the objective of funding the Fulani Project in Nigeria.”
The message additionally quoted Obasanjo as saying that the Central African Republic had gone by way of the identical Fulani invasion of farmlands and communities presently being skilled in Nigeria, urging Nigerians to rise and defend their lands.
Dubawa learn the 20 paragraph-long message which sought to ‘inform’ Nigerians on plans by Buhari to take their lands for Fulani individuals, how the herdsmen invasion was tackled within the CAR, and what Nigerians can do to curtail herdsmen invasion.
The message additionally cited the alleged cases whereby Buhari confirmed a beneficial disposition in direction of the Fulanis.
Dubawa reached out to Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, who dismissed the viral message, noting that there isn’t any foundation to consider it.
Akinyemi famous that Obasanjo’s commonplace mode of communication has been made public over time, urging readers to look out for the date of the message, and if it had been duly acknowledged by him.
He stated, ”In the final 4, 5 years, we now have been seeing how this man sends out communication. Before anybody will consider this, it’s both coming from his workplace dated and duly acknowledged by him, not simply Olusegun Obasanjo as his identify seems within the message.”
Further checks by Dubawa confirmed that there was no such report in credible information retailers.